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Librarians: Please Ning Me!

I just noticed that Newkirk Barnes, our April BOTM has a profile on the Ning-powered Library 2.0 Network. Taking a stroll to that site revealed several other documents librarians as well as other social-media oriented folks.

So what could I do but establish an account of my own?

A few features that I found really nice:

  • It plays well with other social network sites – I could import photos from Flickr and video from YouTube.
  • You can place an RSS feed right on your profile page and they make it dead easy to do so.
  • Overall, it seems much faster than MySpace and has less advertising.

If you’re on Ning, give me a ring!

I’m not thinking of closing my MySpace account because my MySpace network gives me access to a broader range of people. But just from noodling around a few blog entries on Library 2.0 Ning, I’m looking forward to being inspired by others efforts and ideas in better collaborating with our customers/patrons/users.

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  1. Geoff Swindells says:

    In MO, we’re trying out a state-wide gov docs site on Ning, but we’re not going public with it just yet. In fact, I’m wondering whether we should be thinking beyond state level social networks for gov docs libs – and going regional or national.

  2. dcornwall says:

    Hi Geoff,

    Best of luck with the MO docs Ning. My feeling is that there will have to be at least some regional or national social networks for documents librarians. In Alaska, for instance, there are just seven or eight depository librarians. We don’t have a critical mass for a social network. We don’t even really sustain our Roundtable listserv, but it’s still good for the once a quarter announcements. We’d have to join a larger network.

    Do let me know if you start or expand a govdocs Ning.

    “And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them.” — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quotes.

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